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A Remarkably Detailed Analysis Of Pardew As Both A Man & A Manager

The last few months have been a testing time for everyone associated with Crystal Palace FC, but with an FA Cup Final on the horizon, people everywhere are wondering if we have what it takes to upset the odds and beat Louis Van Gaal’s Reds. 

This remarkably well written piece analyses Alan Pardew as a man and a manager in startling detail. It’s worth a read. 

Key to any success we may have will be the approach of manager Alan Pardew, who has seen his usual bullish and self-assured approach to management halted in its tracks as a consequence of our recent woes. In what is a remarkably well written analysis of the club’s current predicament, the above piece picks apart the Pardew approach, levelling both praise and criticism where necessary as a method of assessing our chances of toppling United on the day. 

Much has been written in the press about the current Palace gaffer; a great deal of which has dealt with the strained relationship he endured with Newcastle fans on Tyneside, not to mention the run-ins he’s had with the FA are breaches of protocol on the touchline, but the piece attached above does a fantastic job of clearing the fog that can often engulf any opinion of the Eagles supremo.

Whilst the arrogance and bravado that flows from Pardew when he’s on top form is often used as a stick with which to beat him, there is a suggestion that those exact characteristics are the pivotal factor in him dragging results from his players when their backs are against the wall. The consequence of this is an inevitable split of opinion which sees him take on the role of managerial Marmite in the minds of football fans across the country, but when he’s at his best, it’s clear that he would care very little about the gripes of his detractors.

Not commissioned by any of the big media organisations, the above article is, as far as I’m aware, a completely independent piece of writing, which only serves to make the depth into which it delves more impressive. As an analysis of Pardew as a man and a manager, it serves as an extremely solid accompaniment to anyone weighing up our chances of success at Wembley in May. 

Give it a read, it won’t disappoint. 

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Lee Chung-Yong Slates “Hot Head” Pardew In Amazingly Critical Interview

Lee Chung-Yong has hit out at his “hot headed” manager Alan Pardew in an explosive interview in which he declares a desire to leave the club this summer. 

This astonishing outburst from Lee Chung-Yong sees him criticise Alan Pardew in almost every way imaginable. He’s fuming. 

Having not played that often since joining Palace from Bolton Wanderers in 2015, the South Korean has offered an astonishing rant in which he criticises his current boss on numerous levels.

No doubt frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities afforded to him during his stay at Selhurst Park, Lee has suggested that the manager’s approach to team selection is to blame for Palace’s slump since Christmas and has all but demanded to leave once the season comes to a close. 

Despite an incredible strike to secure victory away at Stoke in December, the midfielder has struggled to win over the hearts of the Eagles supporters, or it seems, that of his manager. Understandably frustrated, you may have wondered whether or not he harboured private resentment of Pardew, but thanks to his recent outburst, we have seen a player break ranks in spectacular fashion to slate his manager. 

Quite how the club and Pardew in particular will approach this situation in the coming days will be of interest, given the extreme nature of the criticism put forward by Lee, but you can be almost certain that he won’t be on our books by August. 

Does a spell in the reserves beckon? I wouldn’t bet against it. 

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